A Swift Kick in the …

I was having dinner recently with a dear friend who is also writing and querying her work when she said something that gave me a much needed kick in the butt when it comes to querying. That I haven’t really tried hard enough.

And you know what, she is absolutely right.

Querying stinks. There is no way to sugar coat it. It’s a lot of work to put together each query we send out and most are met with a form response from the receiving agent — that’s if we get a response at all. It’s no wonder that new writers throw in the towel or take breaks from querying.

After she told me that, I spent most of Sunday going through Jeff Herman’s Book of Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents and put my order in for the latest edition of The Guide to Literary Agents. I added agents to my QueryTracker database and even sent off a handful of queries. I even studied my stats – I’ve flagged 242 agents to query on QueryTracker and have sent out only 150 queries.

Only. Yeah, that’s a lot. But, I have just shy of 100 more to go, and that’s just who I’ve flagged so far. Instead of moaning about the process, what if The One is waiting for me to email her, moaning about wanting a novel just like mine written by someone just like me.

Am I going to send all 100 out this week? Want to see my go cross-eyed and reduce myself to making the motorboat sound? No, instead I’ll set a goal to send out 10 queries a week.

Is she in there, The One? To be honest, the odds are greater that I’ll be struck by lightning while hitting it big in Vegas. But, I’ll never know unless I send that email.

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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5 Responses to A Swift Kick in the …

  1. 150 isn’t enough?? What???? Dang, who has the time?

  2. Doing queries are hard….and I put forth lots of effort. Sometimes, I wonder is it who you know, and not what you produce, even if it is spectacular. I love writing, especially romance. Like I tell myself, just keep up the good work and you will make….but we both have long hard journeys ahead of us. What do you mostly write?

    • Thanks, Victoria! It’s probably a little of who you know, hard work and probably just a touch of dumb luck. I write commercial fiction but it has a little mystery, some suspense and a bit of romance.

      Thank you for commenting!!

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